Silfab Solar FAQs
The recent 2023 Traffic study showed Silfab Solar will have insignificant impact to traffic to the community. In the study, Silfab Solar studied the impact on residents in the neighborhood in addition to major intersections. Truck deliveries will not occur during peak travel times for local residents, and Silfab Solar's off-shift schedules intend to reduce traffic during peak hours.
No, our manufacturing process does not result in greenhouse gas emissions or toxic waste emissions. Most of the materials used in the manufacturing process are consumed into the cell. Any excess materials are neutralized and treated according to EPA and DHEC guidelines. Even after the product’s lifetime, there is no hazardous waste.
No, Silfab Solar will pretreat any water we use to exceed quality standards from SCDHEC and York County. Any water discharged from our facility is closely monitored and will undergo periodic testing by a certified third-party agency.
No, it is very similar to computer chip manufacturing, a common process in the United States and Canada. Manufacturing occurs in an ISO 7 self-contained clean room environment with unique air filtration systems and temperature and humidity controls. This system helps keep the manufacturing process safe and clean.
Silfab Solar has prioritized York County as its new location because of its abundant skilled labor force and strong local economy. The tremendous economic impact of our investment in the area will benefit residents, businesses, and public services.
Silfab Solar is North America’s leading solar manufacturing company with over 40 years of experience and one of the most trusted warranties in the industry. Our high-quality panels are trusted to power schools, government facilities, and residential homes. We are constantly improving our sustainability efforts by investing in new technology, refurbishing old panels, recycling unused products, or giving them to communities in need
Silfab Solar will use significantly fewer trucks than any potential distribution center, which is the original use for the space. We will need at most one truck per hour, while distribution centers could use upwards of 1,000 trucks daily.
Within three years, we are committed to creating 800 new skilled jobs. We project to fill 50% of those jobs within the first year of our operations. Once fully staffed, our estimated payroll will be slightly over $11 million annually.
This process interconnects solar cells through a conductive medium to create the necessary electrical connections for the end user, laminating all the materials together and encasing the laminate in a frame to create a solar module (solar panel).
Silfab Solar is proud to offer nine paid holidays, medical & dental insurance, 401K retirement plan options, critical illness & disability insurance, and vision insurance. We also provide tuition reimbursement of up to $8,000 annually for eligible employees. Employees will also have the potential to earn annual or monthly bonuses based on production.
Yes, Silfab qualifies for York County’s FILOT incentive offer which the County advertises to attract business. The FILOT has specific performance metrics and is subject to repayment provisions if Silfab does not achieve those metrics. The FILOT is not paid from the County’s existing pool of tax dollars, rather it amounts to a reduction of new property taxes generated by the Silfab project.
Silfab’s requested use of the building was deemed by York County zoning staff to be Light industrial. This zoning classification is consistent with the County’s land use plan and all available definitions.
SCDHEC is progressing on track in its review of the air quality permit; a 30-day period of public notice has been initiated. We are continuing to work with DHEC on the air permit application and we remain in timely communication.
The solar industry is actively looking to diversify its suppliers. We hope to see significant progress in the reshoring of glass manufacturing as this will support Silfab to further meet its goal of reshoring the solar industry to the United States. One of Silfab’s specific goals is to repatriate solar cell production to the United Sates to eliminate dependency on foreign suppliers of solar cells in the domestic solar value chain.
Silfab is fully accountable towards repairs and remediation of damages it may cause to the building or site environment under contract with the landlord/property owner and under applicable law. Silfab will ensure insurance coverage for its obligations and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
No. All solar cell and solar modules assembly processes take place indoors.